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The Satans - Raisin' Helldotdotdot
artworkRaisin' Hell is an extremely rare album from 1962. While not essential surf, it is vibrant and very fun, and there are some very original moments too.
Picks: Honky Tonk, Last Date, Alabama Jubilee, Detour, Summertime

Track by Track Review


Church Key dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Really trashy lo-fi surf, with the trembling guitar, whammy dips, and piano. Very small town authentic, and quite fun.

Honky Tonk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bill Dogget's "Honky Tonk" is reverbed and honked, with an R&B edge and a bit of surf underneath. Low brow, but quite charming.

Last Date dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Floyd Cramer's "Last Date" is slushed and slithered on piano and surf guitar. You can just see the slow dance anticipation at the high school dance. Gentle and friendly.

Alabama Jubilee dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rockin' romp through George L. Cobb, Jack Yellen's "Alabama Jubilee." It's all splash and fun. There is way more energy and youthful exuberance here than talent, but that won't limit your enjoyment.

Detour dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Duane Eddy's "Detour" is richly surfed and pumped up. Perhaps the coolest of the tracks from The Satans, this is captivating and splendidly spunky. Not as cool as The Lonely Ones' "Wah-Hou," but in that direction.

Mink Slide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mink Slide" slithers in a sultry swampy way. It's surely just a jam, but lots of fun and energy lie within.

Summertime dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

George Gershwin's "Summertime" moves slowly through delicate piano, stinging whammy surf chords, and reverb. This may be the most original surf interpretation I've heard. Very cool!

Ivory Marbles dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

If you guessed from the title that "Ivory Marbles" was a piano instro, you were right. Genuine and kind of moody.

No Trespassing dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' "No Trespassing" is pumped up and exuberant, but too jammy to really bring you back. A ton of energy with an immediate sound.